Update 2011: You can still sponsor a family in Surrey, I am unsure about Vancouver programs this year.
Update 2015: Here is the latest information about sponsoring a family in Surrey this year.
With the anticipation of presents under the tree and bountiful holiday meals around the table with family, this time of year can actually be very stressful. Aside from trying to find parking at the local mall, some carry the burden of not being able to afford groceries, let alone the gift their child may have at the top of their wish list. Making ends meet to cover very basic needs can be a struggle and every family deserves some special cheer this Christmas.
There are two ‘adopt-a-family’ programs in town for 2010 where you can sign up, pair with a family, and deliver their wish list (from a turkey for dinner to stocking stuffers for the kids).
The YWCA Vancouver is partnering with families in their program this year. If you’re able to pair up, you’ll receive their “wish list” so that you can complete a holiday hamper. 50 families are in need of hampers by December 17th. You can sign up for the program online today. You can also donate a lump sum and YWCA volunteers will do the shopping for you.
Through the Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, you can help create a special Christmas for a Vancouver family in need by providing a Christmas hamper. You can get group together to complete a hamper, including items such as groceries for a turkey dinner as well as gifts for children and parents. You can download a sponsorship package online to get started. A full list of suggested hamper items can be downloaded as well.
Should you know of any other initiatives like these, please feel free to drop a note in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.